Foreman’s Historical Perspectives: 20th Century Pedagogy – Part I

At no time in history has the diversity of ways in which vocal sound can be manipulated been more apparent. Nor has there ever been less agreement on how to achieve those diverse sounds, or what constitutes “good singing.”1 On the other hand, contemporary teachers proceed to disagree with much less public acrimony than in the 19th century—for [...]

The Sacredness of the Singer’s Spirit

When a student leaves a lesson, how do they feel? Discouraged, shamed, uplifted, excited, or relieved? Students that come into a lesson afraid of a teacher, or the experience of the lesson, will only too readily clamp down on their throats in a fight or flight response. We want to feel safe. Our reptilian brain wants to guarantee our survival. [...]

Using SMART Goals In the Voice Studio

When I begin to work with a new student or a returning student, one of the first questions I ask is: What are your goals? Often I will be met by a blank stare or a frank "I dunno." Depending on the student, they may NOT know what their goals should be. And that's okay! That's where [...]

Good Horse, Bad Horse

In his book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Zen master Shunryu Suzuki approaches the question of fast and slow learners in terms of horses. "In our scriptures, it is said that there are four kinds of horses: excellent ones, good ones, poor ones, and bad ones. The best horse will run slow and fast, right and left, at [...]